It’s the “antique show” season and we’ve been thinking about the similarities and differences between a traditional antique show and vintage markets.
Traditional Antique Shows
Traditional antique shows showcase an array of antiques from linens and lace, costume jewelry, fine furniture, glass and more glass, “Man Cave” stuff, wearable vintage clothing, ephemera (paper), from all years and places. They are wide and vast in their inventory of both antique show vendors and their merchandise.
Traditional antique shows attract all ages, moms and daughters and granddaughters, couples, men, friends, each coming to find that one-of-a-kind item.
At a traditional antique show you will find fine, fragile or rare things in showcases, on shelves backlit with bright lights. Fine furnishings, restored antique furniture are fixtures at a traditional antique show.
Vintage Markets on the Other Hand
Vintage markets are:
- Filled with creative energy.
- Indoor or outdoor.
- Participatory with both customers and vendors.
- Did I say . . . Fun!
They attract mostly women, of all ages who are looking both for treasures and an experience. Each exhibit booth will have a theme with a color scheme, muted or colorful, filled with goodies for your home or garden.
Vendors search, high and low, for the perfect metal sign, architectural element, galvanized bucket, ripped up chair, burlap bag, rhinestone jewelry, that creates or completes “their vision” of a home or garden.
Vendors take their displays to new heights, literally stacking elements as high as safely possible. Architectural elements, such as vintage porch columns, screen doors, kitchen cabinets with peeling paint set the “bones” of a vintage market display. The displays are photo shoot ready!
Vintage Markets are About “Attire”.
Oh, what to wear to the Party . . . a vintage market? Traditional antique show shoppers prepare for an adventure with comfortable walking shoes, plenty of cash and a basket or an oversized shopping bag. They are there to shop.
Shoppers and vendors alike at a vintage market want to be a part of the “Party,” the energy and the fun. What does that mean? Petticoats, cowboy boots, big hats and rolled up jeans, lace and linen with denim. A must-have at a vintage market is a vintage rolling shopping basket to carry all of their treasures and a wallet full of cash supported with backup, a debit card. Friends, moms and daughters, each looking for a fun experience together.
More home décor than traditional collections of antiques, vintage markets are where you will find attire for you and your home. It’s where you will find the perfect vintage element to complete a room, compliment another element or add an element of playfulness to your home. It’s where you can find something to wear – vintage clothing – boots, dresses, hats, petticoats . . . .
Join the vintage market fun this summer. Call the Roxy at 509-585-2301 or stop by to learn more about the vintage markets in Washington!